Overseers of the Poor, House of Correction, Workhouse and Poorhouse, 1758-1818

Scope and Contents

This series contains Admissions, Discharges and Death records and Census records. While similar in content, the records of Admissions, Discharges and Death contain labeled columns giving information about date of admittance, name, age, where from, occupation and why sent to the Almshouse. The Census ledger records a list of names, ages, where born and the reason for being in the Almshouse. Information overlaps between the two subseries. Arrangement is chronological and alphabetical. The early years of the collection have large gaps in record keeping. The bulk of the Admissions, Discharges and Death records come after 1832.


0.8 cubic feet (4 volumes)



Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Patrons are required to use digital or microfilm copies for those volumes for which they are available. Advance notice is required for using original material. Please contact us to arrange access.

Series VI and VII of the collection contain subseries that are restricted. See individual series access notes for volume restrictions.


This series is divided into subseries and arranged chronologically by date.

Existence and Location of Originals

All volumes in this series are available digitally. Two volumes are available on microfilm.